History Behind Game Boy Purchase
Gumpei Yokoi's greatest creation is something I vehemently always have been against. I absolutely refused to buy a black and white portable when there were three other color portables (Atari Lynx, Sega Game Gear, and NEC Turbo Express) from which I could choose. What happened is that I was at a flea market, looking for NES and SMS games, in August 1997. I came across a Super Game Boy and was able to acquire it for the astonishing price of $5! I always wanted to get Link's Awakening on Game Boy, so it was a no-brainer to buy a Super Game Boy. I also am a huge fan of a game called "Boxes" on my TI-85 calculator, so I purchased a used copy of Boxxle.
Now listen to this irony: I finally decided to buy a Game Boy on October 27, 1998. And what did I do? I bought a black and white Game Boy Pocket a mere three weeks before Game Boy Color was scheduled to be released. How stupid was that? I got a yellow one for $49.99 at the place I worked (KB Toys). I basically got a Game Boy for Pokémon, because I thought the game was so great. I also wanted to link up with my friend, who already had an original-style Game Boy.
After the revival of the Game Boy market, due to Pokémon and Game Boy Color, I had to wait a few more years until I could add cheap, used games to my collection. But, with Game Boy, there only ever were a few games I wanted—even if there were numerous versions of the franchises I love. Aside from being sucked into the Pokémon hype, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing, I really haven't had much use for my Game Boy. As it stands now, I have no desire to purchase any other Game Boy game or system (i.e., Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Micro). Most likely, if I ever want to play it, I'll just make use of that aforementioned Super Game Boy adapter (for Super Nintendo) that I bought at the flea market.
Retrospectively, the Game Boy was a case of the right product at the right time and at the right price. Nintendo parlayed its success with the original NES into this portable. The 8-bit Game Boy and its various incarnations lasted from 1989 to the release of the 16-bit Game Boy Advance in 2001. A remarkable feat considering how quickly technology improves. As hard as it is to believe, however, the Game Boy's success was bested by the Nintendo DS.
When compared to many other platformers, Super Mario Land doesn't live up to their standards. But the game always will hold a special place with many gamers. That's because it was the first game we played on the first portable system we ever played. Super Mario Land is a little simple and strays from the Mario universe, but it introduced us to the Game Boy world.
R.C. Pro-Am is a favorite of many NES gamers out there, including me. This sequel was released on Game Boy, but it doesn't miss a beat. It recreates the same gameplay and same feeling as the original in near perfect fashion on the small screen. What makes it that much better, though, is when you link up with another human player. A truly wonderful link-up game.